Whale Watching Numbers Rise - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Whale Watching Numbers Rise

Published September 20, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Hvalreki

The number of people going whale watching is growing rapidly, reports RÚV.

An estimated 10.000 people will go whale watching this year with Arctic Sea Tours in Dalvík for example, a significant increase on last year when 6.400 people went.

“We see whales about 98% of the time, and humpbacks about 94% of the time. The humpback whale is people’s favourite and is quite curious and playful in nature,” said Arctic Sea Tours owner,Freyr Antonsson. “[When we started offering year-round tours], we came up against the weather a bit over the winter but I can’t be anything other than pleased with the feedback and the amount of animals we’ve seen.”

Overall the demand for whale watching tours has been consistent through the summer, and Freyr believes that Eyjafjörður is the best area in the country to spot these giant mammals.

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